Job Location More Important to UK Workers than Wage

A new survey has revealed that job location is the most important factor affecting why UK workers stay in their current job role.

The study found that 57% of respondents put more value on where they work as opposed to how much they earn (52%) and job security (33%).

Factors which affect job performance were also looked at, and found that 20% believe their productivity at work has been negatively impacted by the location of their workplace. This increases further in the capital with 26% feeling that their productivity would suffer if they worked in a ‘horrible location’. Within the UK, employees working in the South East value the location of their job more than anyone else in the country.

Young people are the most affected by the location of their work – with 24% of 25 – 34 year olds admitting that their productivity is likely to be affected by a ‘horrible location’. 67% of people revealed that they have either considered leaving a job or have actually left a job for reasons including a change in scenery.

Regardless of the actual job, the most popular place to work is at home – with 60% stating that this location was the most comfortable. It seems as though UK workers aren’t very willing to step outside of their comfort zones and work in more extreme locations – with 51% of people admitting that they would not feel at all comfortable working in a job that involves heights. The least popular option was found to be underground – such as working in a mine – with 72% stating they would not feel comfortable doing this. 

Those employees who are looking for better views as they work should look at working on the road – with 46% of people voting this the location that would provide the most interesting views each day – just head of working up high in the open (45%) or out at sea (44%).

However, the majority of those working in London are content with the view from their office, identifying it as the most inspiration place for them. These employees have more focus on achieving promotion – which is almost five times as important to workers in London (23%) than it is to those working in East Anglia (5%).


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